Any Liverpool interest in Raheem Sterling comes at the wrong time. It would be a controversial move anyway and things just don’t work now.
L’Equipe claims that Liverpool do have interest in Sterling. This comes just a few days after the player himself seemed surprisingly open to a return.
And the French outlet believes that Sterling may look to leave Manchester City. The club could lack Champions League football for a few years, after all, making an exit tempting.
Then you can factor in the current economical climate. CIES, for instance, predicts that transfer fees could drop by 28% this year. That would have a chaotic effect on the market, making previously difficult moves a little more plausible.
Sterling to Liverpool would certainly be a controversial move, though. The winger left the Reds to join City for £49m back in 2015 and it left a very bad taste in the mouth.
Even just last year, he said that ‘no one wants to see’ Liverpool win the title. This wasn’t an amicable break, then. Not that you can blame Liverpool for being interested – Sterling is one of the most talented wingers in the world.
But in truth, this one comes at the wrong time to make sense.
Sterling, at 25, is about to hit his prime. Unfortunately, there isn’t room for a player like that at Liverpool. The Reds already have a sensational front three, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane being two of the world’s best wingers themselves.
Neither is set to leave anytime soon, according to the Mirror. Thus going big on a player who wants to star right now just doesn’t make sense.
Even if Sterling’s transfer fee dropped, his wages wouldn’t. Liverpool would still need a huge outlay to bring in a world-class player that they don’t actually need.
The club just doesn’t operate that way and any move will surely be for an up-and-coming winger.
If Sterling was just a few years younger then he’d be absolutely perfect as a successor to the current wingers. As it is, this has come a little too late.